MARQUETTE, MI. John R. Kulju, age 92, resident at Mill Creek Assisted Living passed away at 6:30am on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at Mill Creek.
John was born January 26, 1920 in Diorite, MI the son of the late John G. and Marie (Koski) Kulju. John was raised in Ishpeming and was a graduate of the Ishpeming High School, Class of 1938. He received a B.A. degree from Northern State College (N.M.U.) in 1942 with teaching credentials and a major in Biology. John earned a M.A. degree in school administration from Michigan State College (M.S.U.) in 1949 and an M.S.L.S. degree in library science from Wayne State University in 1971. He served as an educator in the following Michigan schools: Kenton, National Mine, Highland Park and Warren. He ended his 35 years in education in 1982 after 18 years as a high school counselor. John was drafted into the Army Air Force during World War II and he was stationed in India for the last years of his service.
John enjoyed reading, traveling and spending summers in the U.P. He had fond memories of the camping programs of Highland Park Schools where he often served as nature counselor.
John R. Kulju
After retirement, he became an active member of the Finnish Center in Farmington Hills where he worked bingo and the Sunday brunch. He was also chairman of the scholarship committee and a member of the board of trustees at the Finnish Center. He was a member of the Michigan Education Association, Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel, the Bethel Lutheran Church and the American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 5 sisters Irene Vadnais, Ethel Hill, Anna Kulju, Ruth Tobin and Alice Bolme and 2 brothers William and Hugo Kulju.
John was especially grateful for all the help he received from his late sister Ruth Tobin and his nephew Rennie Kulju during the last phase of his life. He leaves behind many treasured nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
A graveside service will be held at 10:30am on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at the Ishpeming Cemetery with the Rev. Lauri O. Maki to officiate. Honorary Pallbearers will be his nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library, the Finnish Center in Farmington Hills, the Bethel Lutheran Church in Ishpeming or a charity or one's choice.
John's obituary may also be viewed at www.bjorkandzhulkie.com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.